Here’s What’s Happening at St. Peter’s


Memorial Day

Monday, May 30: 
One Mass Only: 9:00 a.m.


Remember Those Who Gave Their Lives


Office Hours

Monday – Thursday: 
9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday, Saturday, Sunday:
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Please note the shortened hours on Fridays if you need to secure keys for any event occurring on Friday evenings.

Summer hours began Friday, May 27 and will end on Labor Day.


Walk-In Supper
Help Needed

Thursday, June 2: On the first Thursday of every other month, volunteers from our parish cook and serve dinner for approximately 100 poor and/or homeless people from Bergen County at the shelter in Hackensack.

Help is needed for a variety of tasks. Information about the various jobs can be found on the Walk-In Supper page. In addition to adult volunteers, confirmation candidates and their parents are encouraged to participate. Some parishioners participate in this program as a family ministry.

If you can help, please sign up to volunteer online or call Linda McShane at 201-967-7349.


Offering of Letters

Bread for the World
Offering of Letters

Bread for the World
Letter Writing Campaign

Weekend of June 4-5
Sample Letter Below

For the past two weeks we’ve provided information about this year’s campaign, which urges Congress to provide appropriate funding for international mother and child nutrition programs, so that both not only survive but thrive. (Last year, Bread’s focus was on domestic nutrition aid.)

Please read the sample letter which we invite you to sign before and after all Masses next weekend. You will be asked to sign three letters. They are identical, but are addressed to each of our three legislators: Senators Cory Booker and Robert Menendez and Representative Scott Garrett.

From past experience, we know that it will only take a few  moments of your time. Please consider adding your voice to help mothers and children in third world countries. Thank you.

Download Sample Letter
(.docx file)


Food Drive

We will be conducting a parish Food Drive to benefit the Center for Food Action on the weekend of June 4/5. Please bring donations to the Gathering Space any time up until 2:00 PM on Sunday.

All nutritious food will be gratefully accepted, but especially needed are canned meats and tuna, canned fruits and vegetables, soups, cereal, peanut butter, jelly, pasta, tomato sauce, canned and dried beans, rice and baby food. Also: paper goods, personal hygiene products and diapers. Thanks for your help!


Statue of Mary

Praying with Mary (Cover Letter)

Two statues are available every week through the end of 2016.  Pick up a statue at the rectory on Sunday (between 9:00 and 12:00) to pray with Mary throughout the week, and return it the following Sunday.




Embroiderers Needed
for Baptismal Ministry

Embroiderers Needed for Baptismal Ministry

One of the great joys we have at St. Peter’s is the large number of children brought for baptism each year.  As part of the Rite of Baptism they are clothed with a small baptismal garment with a symbol of the faith embroidered on it.

The Baptismal Ministry is in need of volunteers to embroider these baptismal garments for the babies being baptized.  The parish will furnish the necessary material.  If you have embroidery skills and are able to assist please call Marge Haggerty at  201-262-0389 or  will provide further information


Catechists Needed for Our
Enriching Summer Program!

We are in need of catechists for our summer program that runs from June 27 to June 30 and from July 5 through July 8 from 3 to 5pm. It is offered to 6-8 grade students. Catechists in the past have really enjoyed their time teaching in our summer program as the outside distractions are lessened and each day builds on the previous day. So, do you have a desire to grow closer to Jesus on your faith journey? If so, then become a catechist, because you will surely encounter Him through your students. Jesus desires more FROM you on your journey, and He also desires more FOR you! Please contact Eileen Hanrahan at Office of Faith Formation if you are interested 201 265 6019.

We are in need of catechists for our summer program that runs from June 27 to June 30 and from July 5 through July 8 from 3 to 5pm. It is offered to 6-8 grade students. Catechists in the past have really enjoyed their time teaching in our summer program as the outside distractions are lessened and each day builds on the previous day. So, do you have a desire to grow closer to Jesus on your faith journey? If so, then become a catechist, because you will surely encounter Him through your students. Jesus desires more FROM you on your journey, and He also desires more FOR you! Please contact Eileen Hanrahan at Office of Faith Formation if you are interested 201 265 6019.


Adult Altar Servers for
Funeral Masses Needed

If one member suffers in the body of Christ which is the Church, all the members suffer with that member.” (1Corinthians 12:26) For this reason we who are baptized into Christ and nourished at the same table of the Lord are responsible for one another. When a member of Christ’s Body dies, we, the faithful, are called to offer consolation to those who have suffered the loss of one whom they love. This ministry is part of the pastoral care by the community to those who have lost a loved one.

Would you be interested in Altar Serving at Funeral Masses? This could be a great way for you to get involved in the parish and by your presence bring consolation to families who are grieving the loss a loved one.  Funeral Masses are offered at St. Peter’s at 9:30am or 10:30am and are completed within the hour.  Training of course will be provided.

If you’re an adult who would like to serve Mass during Funerals, please send me an email at, or call me at the Rectory, 201-261-3366.

Thanks, Father Mike


Evening of Peace
and Friendship

“No God, No Peace…
Know God, Know Peace”

Evening of Peace & Friendship
Tuesday, June 14th
7:30-9:00 in the Parish Center

How often have you left Sunday Mass and thought:  I wonder if he meant… or How about this thought… or I’d really should make some time to get to know the Scriptures better.  Yes, and you know what happens next…  life just gets in the way and another Sunday is here before you know it.  Well this evening is all about exploring God’s Word in community, in an enjoyable environment. We’ll read the upcoming Sunday Scripture (Gospel), reflect on what it says and how it fits into our world today.  We’ll spend some time discussing, hearing a Reflection and finish the evening with conversation and friendship over Wine/Cheese/dessert.

This is the first in a monthly series of gatherings the SCC Core Committee is hosting.  We’re hoping that this will become for St. Peter’s a haven for parishioners to spend time in Spiritual reflection, an opportunity for parish acquaintances to become friends, a place for ministries to network, an occasion for God to come into our lives.

It’s open to all St. Peter’s parishioners & friends. You can come as often you wish… There’s no-commitment and nothing to join.

June’s Gospel theme is Who do you say I am??? Now there’s something to ponder…  Find some peace in your busy life. Come and celebrate Scripture with the St. Peter’s community… Please RSVP and let us know you are coming so we can prepare.



Deacon Paul to
Preach at All Masses

Mark your calendars for this special event: Parishioner Paul Kazanecki, who will be ordained to the Permanent Diaconate at the Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark on Saturday, June 4, will preach for the first time at St. Peter’s at all Masses on Sunday, June 5.


Family Promise for a
Girl Scout Silver Award

Olivia Dunleavy, a parish teenager, is working on her Girl Scout Silver Award. She is collecting items for an non-profit organization called Family Promise. Family Promise is an organization that helps homeless families get back on their feet. They help them find temporary homes in different types of “homes,” including Saint Peter’s 3 times a year.

Olivia is collecting household items, such as VISA, ShopRite, or Target gift cards; flash drives or USBs for the computer; gently used or new towels; tall kitchen bags; cleaning supplies, such as Lysol and Windex, and many other items. The collection box will be in the gathering space for donated items. Your contributions to this project will help both Family Promise and Olivia’s Silver Award. Your donations are greatly needed, appreciated, and please help spread the word.

For more information, or to contact Olivia: Email: or Phone: (201) – 265 – 9455


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Mass Schedule

On the Lord’s Day
5:30 PM

8:00, 9:30 and11:00 AM, 12:30 PM

A Senior Citizen Bus
runs for the 11:00 AM Mass

Monday to Friday:
8:00 and 11:30 AM

Saturday Morning:
9:00 AM

Holy Days of Obligation
7:30 PM Vigil (evening before)
8:00 and 11:30 AM
on Holy Day

Sacrament of

11:00 AM to 12:00 Noon


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Senior Residence

PAID Part Time Help Needed

Paid Part Time Help for Weekends Needed for Senior Supportive Housing Community

The Senior Residence at St. Peter the Apostle is looking for weekend help to join our community. Must be able to read and speak English. Ages 16-99 are welcome to inquire. For more information call Gina at 201-225-0707 or email:

Outside St. Peter’s

July 16-24: Canadian Pilgrimage

CANADIAN PILGRIMAGE July 16-24 The Our Lady of Fatima First Saturday Club is planning a Pilgrimage to the beautiful Shrines of Saint Anne de Beaupreau and Our Lady of the Cape, in the Province of Quebec, Canada and The National Shrine of the Divine Mercy in Stockbridge, Mass. Msgr. Paul Bochicchio and Rev. Kevin Carter are the dedicated Chaplains. The cost of the 9-Day trip is $950.00. For further information please call Joan Murray at 201-265-5823 and pick up a detailed brochure in  the church vestibule.  All Are Welcome!

Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors

The Pastoral Care Department of Hackensack University Medical Center is in great need of Eucharistic Ministers/Pastoral Visitors to bring Holy Communion and visit our patients.

If you feel called to this wonderful ministry, to bring Jesus and your own presence into the rooms of the sick, please contact:

Rev. David Armstrong
Director, Pastoral Care
Hackensack University Medical Center
30 Prospect Avenue
Hackensack, NJ 07601


Life Source Hospice Seeks Volunteers

Life Source Hospice is seeking volunteers to be part of our elderly patients’ end-of-life care.  Volunteers serve as friendly bedside visitors to patients throughout Bergen County and provide them with much appreciated companionship by sitting, listening and praying with them. Volunteers also provide support to family members.
Volunteers determine their own schedules and can visit on evenings and weekends.  Most volunteers donate 2 hours a week of their time for a minimum of one year. Volunteers receive ongoing hospice training and support by experienced hospice professionals.
For more information, please contact Life Source Hospice at #201-967-4313 or

Help for New Moms Needed

Birthright of Bergen County, a crisis pregnancy center dedicated to encouraging and helping women choose life for their babies, is in need of volunteers to share their time and love for God’s miracle of life. Birthright provides community resources, clothes, diapers and financial help to women. Volunteers are needed in the office at 19 W Pleasant Ave, Maywood to greet, help and support mothers-to-be that come in or call in. If you have time and would like to volunteer, please call Mary Pat or Barbara at 201-845-4646.

Catholic Chaplaincy Volunteers Needed

The Catholic Chaplaincy at Bergen Regional Medical Center, Paramus, needs volunteers to: transport long-term residents to and from hospital Masses, to be friendly visitors to those confined to bed or wheelchairs, and to set up and take down altar items for hospital Masses on Saturdays (3:30 PM) and Sundays (11:15 AM). If you are 18 years of age or older and wish to volunteer, please contact Fr. Edito Gamallo at 201-414-0522 or Fr. John Quill at 201-421-0009 for more information. God will reward you for your kindness.

St. Peter Academy News

Adopt a Student Fund

Give the Gift of a Catholic Education

A Catholic education is a powerful tool for any child’s future, but for some children it is not financially within reach of their family. This is where the parishioners of St. Peter’s Church can give the opportunity of Catholic schooling to a child at St. Peter Academy by making a donation to our school’s Adopt-a-Student Fund. Any donation, big or small, can make a tremendous difference in a child’s life. Please make checks out to St. Peter Academy – Adopt a Student Fund and mail to the school at 431 Fifth Avenue, River Edge, NJ 07661.



St. Peter's Singles Support Group

St. Peter’s Support Group for Separated, Divorced, Single and Widowed Adults
1st and 3rd Thursdays / month
7:30 PM
St. Peter Academy Meeting Room

All are welcome!

In addition to meetings and giving support when needed, we also travel both locally and internationally and socialize with activities during the week and weekends.
For more information and upcoming events, visit:

St. Peter's MOMS Group

MOMS Group
Weekly on Thursdays
10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon
Casazza Center (in the Rectory)

All are welcome!